Balancing Color Schemes In Your Space

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Creating balance in a room doesn’t require finding a perfect match for everything. It’s all about mixing elements, and knowing how to do so in a way that creates the atmosphere, mood, and effect you’re looking for in your space. Although you can achieve balance through furniture placement, you also might want to consider using color to create focal points or to frame parts of the room you want to draw attention to.

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Pick the right type of balance

It’s important to understand your different balance options before decorating a room. You can choose to do traditional symmetrical balance where one side of the room mirrors the other, asymmetrical balance where different elements balance sides of the room, or radial balance where everything radiates from a central focal point. Of course you can simulate any of these with the arrangement of your furniture, but you can also use color placement.

Find inspiration in specific objects in your space

One of the best ways to choose colors for a room is to find one item or groups of complementary items you like—a pillow, piece of art, rug, etc.—and design your room accordingly using these central elements as starting points. You can pull a wall color and all your accent colors out of that central source, which can then serve as an anchor that helps to tie the surrounding decor together. This will help you make your room more dynamic and ensure that the colors you are using complement each other, and that ultimately appeal to you.

Choose an accent wall

Choosing to paint one wall of your room a different color from all the rest is a great way to create a focal point. To choose your accent wall, think of where your eye is naturally drawn to in the room. Maybe you have a fire-place, a wall where you want to display artwork, or you might choose the wall your TV is on.

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Your color options are endless, but keep in mind colors have the power to change your mood, so know what kind of ambiance you’re trying to create when you pick a color.

Frame Your Favorites

Color can also be used as a framing technique. Using color to border a certain feature in your room is a great way to draw attention to it. If you have a window with a beautiful view, you could choose ornate drapes in a bold color like purple to draw the eye. You can also take the word framing literally and paint the frames of your artwork. Group several framed paintings or pictures on one wall and place a similar colored couch across the room for an asymmetrical design.

The most important thing to remember when using color to balance a room is to make sure that you are truly balancing the room. Use the same color somewhere else in the space—similar colored pillows on the couch across from the accent wall or a chair the same hue as your curtains is how you will achieve balance and pull your room together.

What do you think?

What have been some projects you’ve undertaken when color has been central to what you were trying to achieve? What were your strategies, and how did everything pan out? What would you have done differently? Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.




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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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